12 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

12 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Ashgabat
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mary
— 2 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 3 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Salzburg

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Ashgabat — 6 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat online travel planner.

Salzburg, Austria to Ashgabat is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Salzburg to Ashgabat, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Salzburg in August: highs in Ashgabat hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mary.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife
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Mary — 2 nights

Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
On the 15th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque and then get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mary trip planner.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Mary in 5 hours. Traveling from Ashgabat in August, Mary is slightly colder at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Darvaza.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Darvaza — 3 nights

On the 17th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Darvaza Gas Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Darvaza trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mary to Darvaza in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
Parks · Nature
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Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.